Domenico Fontana

1543-1607. Italian architect. Born at Melide near the Swiss-Italian border, he worked in Rome before his appointment as chief architect by Sixtus V in 1585. During the latter's five-year pontificate, Fontana's many works included the Laleian Palace and the Quirinal, and a significant contribution to the completion of the dome of St. Peter's. Dismissed for alleged misconduct be Clement VIII (1592), he later built the royal palace at Naples, in which city he died.